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Pillow Fighting World Cup in New York City

Published by Marlo Heresco, Writer

Country: United States

The Experience

World renowned for it’s sights, sounds and shopping, there are more things to do in New York City than one could manage in a host of back-to-back trips. Imagine packing the schedule with places such as Central Park, Times Square and of course, a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Then there are the countless museums, Broadway plays and restaurants, not to mention the swanky bars and raging nightlife. If you did manage to squeeze all these things into a trip or two to New York City, you may also want to include a pillow fight.

Known as the city that never sleeps, New York plays host to it’s own featherweight of sorts with their world cup pillow fight. Like many of the other fighters who’ve arrived in the Big Apple to take their best swing, the folks who participate in the annual pillow fight event are armed with goose feather and down pillows accompanied by a clumsy technique of misguided left and right swings.

Hosted at the Warsaw Polish National Home in Brooklyn, the world cup pillow fight takes a lot of energy out of the players. Regardless of how hard you hit your opponent, the fact your weapon is a padded one leaves little impact on keeping fellow rivals on the ground. Repeats of double-handed haymakers is definitely the style of the night, accompanied by moans, groans and a lot of fluff - completely unlike the knock-out blows one would expect from a similar display at Madison Gardens.

For $20, New York has once again, made it the best place to travel for those who wish to witness world cup pillow fight. The all-girls main event sees each set of pillow fighters swing it out for two, two-minute rounds, displaying good sportsmanship first by touching pillows before the official swinging begins. Once an individual pillow swinger has been chosen by a judge, advancement is made to the next stage.

Andrew Thompson, who is the mastermind behind the Pillow Fight World Cup, is also the creator of Punk Rock Pillow Fight, a similar pillow fighting event where teams of men and women whack it out in a ring by most people who have not played since childhood. Instead of counting sheep the next time your head hits the pillow, you may just want to consider signing up for next years real sporting competition to see if maybe you will be the next Pillow Fight World Cup Champion.

When to Go to Pillow Fighting Championship

Interested in watching the New York Pillow Fighting World Championship or better yet, want to participate? Last year the fight was held on May 17th, which could be a useful guide when it comes to keeping a date open on the calendar.

Odds n' Ends

Fees to particpate in the Pillow Fighting Championship were not disclosed however, it costs $20 to grab a seat along the ring to bear witness to one of the world's only world cup pillow fights.

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